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Songs of Travel

Robert Louis Stevenson

Book Overview: 

The infinite shining heavens Rose and I saw in the night Uncountable angel stars Showering sorrow and light.

A Collection of prose and poems that reflect a theme of travel.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Warm the fireside haven—
Not to autumn will I yield,
   Not to winter even!

Let the blow fall soon or late,
   Let what will be o’er me;
Give the face of earth around,
   And the road before me.
Wealth I ask not, hope nor love,
   Nor a friend to know me;
All I ask, the heaven above
   And the road below me.

II—YOUTH AND LOVE—I

Once only by the garden gate
   Our lips we joined and parted.
I must fulfil an empty fate
   And travel the uncharted.

Hail and farewell!  I must arise,
   Leave here the fatted cattle,
And paint on foreign lands and skies
   My Odyssey of battle.

The untented Kosmos my abode,
   I pass, a wilful stranger:
My mistress still the open road
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Community Reviews

The early poems don't seem to be much about traveling. The later ones are connected to places, people, and points of view from his tour of the South Seas, which I enjoyed more because of having read both In the South Seas and a biography that detailed his trip. On the whole, A Child's Garden of Vers